Skip the meat, extra fat and calories with a dreamy vegan barbecue “pulled pork” sandwich. This smoky, sweet and tangy sandwich is proof that plant based food can be just as delicious as the real thing!
Who knew jackfruit would taste as good as pulled pork when served on a bun with coleslaw and barbecue sauce. My mind is blown.
The best part about these jackfruit pulled pork sandwiches? For one, it’s vegan which mean it’s cruelty free – which is always more enjoyable if you ask me. For two, it’s much lower in fat and calories which means you get to have more, minus the guilt.
Just take a look at how much healthier pulled jackfruit with barbecue sauce is compared to the real thing:
1 cup pulled pork with barbecue sauce -> 417 calories, 11 grams fat
1 cup pulled jackfruit with barbecue sauce -> 150 calories, 0 grams fat
If you are thinking “okay, so it’s a lot healthier but seriously – there’s no way this tastes as good as the real sandwich!” Um, yes it does and that’s why you have to try it because your mind will also be blown! I thought for sure there would be a pretty big difference in texture and flavor but it turns out it’s so minimal it doesn’t matter.
I forget I’m eating jackfruit whenever I make these vegan pulled pork sandwiches, I’m not kidding. The texture isn’t chewy like shredded pork but everything else is the same, without the fat and added calories. Now, how can anyone say no to that! 🙂
The hardest part about making these jackfruit pulled pork Sandwiches is finding canned young jackfruit. Canned jackfruit isn’t sold in your average supermarket but really, it’s not that difficult to find. You will need to visit an Asian supermarket or buy it online. Make sure you get jackfruit in water – not in brine or syrup – since you want the meat to be unflavored.
Making the sandwiches is super easy; all you need to do is mix a few spices together and cook the shredded jackfruit with barbecue sauce (I use Stubb’s Spicy BBQ Sauce) for about 15 minutes. While the jackfruit is cooking, make a 5 minute coleslaw and finally, dump all that goodness on hamburger buns. SO GOOD!
What is jackfruit?
Jackfruit is a tropical fruit mainly found in South India (it’s the national fruit of Bangladesh). It’s the largest tree-borne fruit that can weigh up to 80 pounds! Its exterior looks medieval with its spiny shell and greenish yellow color. The jackfruit is made of hundreds of thousands of different flowers and it’s the fleshy petals that we eat. It’s an excellent source of fiber, calcium and potassium. It’s also high in protein, vitamin B1 and C.
Can I use fresh jackfruit for this recipe?
Unfortunately no. My first attempt was with fresh, mature jackfruit and it was so sweet I ended up eating the fruit on its own. It was also impossible to shred and was stickier than honey! Fresh jackfruit is absolutely delicious but should be eaten as a fruit – just like that or with some ice cream or yogurt.
You can make this jackfruit pulled pork sandwich ahead of time by keeping the cooked barbecue jackfruit and coleslaw in separate glass containers (I’m on a quest to stop using plastic bags and containers these days 😉 ) It should keep for 4-5 days, stored in the fridge.
Other yummy plant based recipes:
- Cantaloupe smoothie
- Spicy vegan sichuan noodles
- Edamame quinoa salad
- Soy and sesame edamame
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Vegan Barbecue “Pulled Pork” Sandwich
This barbecue vegan pulled jackfruit sandwich is beyond amazing. So good that your meat eating guests won’t even notice they are eating jackfruit!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x
- Category: Sandwiches
- Method: Pan frying
- Cuisine: American
- 2 20-ounce can jackfruit in water (drained and patted dry)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup barbecue sauce (I like smoky or spicy)
- 4–6 burger buns
- 2 cup coleslaw premix
- 1/3 cup vegenaise
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon 100% pure maple syrup
- salt and pepper
- Put all the ingredients for the coleslaw in a bowl and toss. Set aside.
- Either cut the hard end of the jackfruit (the tough part that doesn’t shred) or press it until it flattens and becomes easy to pull apart. Shred the remaining part using your fingers.
- Add shredded jackfruit to a bowl and toss with paprika, chili powder, turmeric and salt.
- In a large pan over medium high heat, add oil and jackfruit. Cook for 3 minutes.
- Add barbecue sauce along with 2 tablespoons water and stir. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes – stirring every 5 minutes to prevent the sauce from burning.
- Warm up burger buns and top with jackfruit and coleslaw. Add more barbecue sauce if needed.
To eat later or for leftovers: store the vegan barbecue jackfruit in an airtight storage container, and refrigerate for up to 7 days.
- Serving Size: 0
- Calories: 465
- Sugar: 0
- Sodium: 0
- Fat: 0
- Saturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 0
- Fiber: 0
- Protein: 0
- Cholesterol: 0
Keywords: recipe, lunch, brunch, snack, vegan, plant based, meatless, vegetarian
Thank you for letting us know that fresh jackfruit can not be used in this recipe.
Wow… This Jackfruit Sandwich looks really awesome and Delicious. I will definitely give it a try. Never tried this kind of recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe with all of us. Best wishes and Regards.
Hi…I have a Jackfruit tree in my garden and it is very plentiful here …It can be used fresh but you have to prepare it correctly and use it while it is still green/unripe and then cook it…It then shreds with no problem…:) I have the instructions on my site ..:)
Wow… This Jackfruit Sandwich looks really awesome and Delicious. I can’t wait to try them at my home. My Hubby would definitely love this for sure. Can I add some sesame seeds also in the sandwich?? Thanks for sharing this recipe with all of us. Looking forward to more recipes like this. Best wishes and Regards.
Yes of course! If you like more nuttiness, the sesame seeds will also add a nice little crunch 🙂
Yeah, It was really yummy. Tried this recipe at home. Everyone loved it completely dear. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. Keep sharing Best wishes and Regards.
I almost couldn’t believe this wasn’t pulled pork! Looks so flavorful and delicious- can’t wait to try!
Hello! What other types of fruit can we use besides jackfruit? Thanks! -Siew
Hi Siew, unfortunately there is nothing that can replace the texture of jackfruit to make it exactly like pulled pork. You can find it easily though, either at your local Asian grocery store or on Amazon 🙂